Text Message A Scammer's Fish Hook

Gift card could leave you paying.

Cell phone users across the country are receiving suspicious text messages that claim to be from Walmart. The text message tells consumers they won a free gift card... and all they have to do is click a link and enter their information to receive the prize. Unfortunately, there is no gift card. It's a scam to steal your credit card number and other personal information.

This scam has several versions. In one, the text reads "You just won a free $1000 Walmart Gift Card, enter "1000" at LINK." In another, it says: "Walmart $1000 Gift Card for the first 1000 users to go to LINK and enter code 2938."

The texts also use different URLs, including:
• promocenterdaily.com/walmart_gift
• promocenter.ws/walmart
• walmartgift.mobi

(Visit nebraska.bbb.org for a screen shot of one of the suspicious messages.)

“The text message is a twist on the classic email phishing scam, where scammers pose as a legitimate organization and send out emails containing links to scam sites. Phishing scams using SMS technology are known as ‘smishing’, Jim Hegarty said, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau.

When you receive a spam text message on your phone, forward the text to the shortcode 7726 (which spells "SPAM"). You'll then receive an automated message from your wireless carrier, asking you then to enter the phone number from which the spam text was sent.

For more information about breaking scams in your area, visit BBB.org’s Complete Scam Directory (www.bbb.org/us/scams) or call toll-free to 800-649-6814.

Better Business Bureau, Inc. (BBB) has been serving the region for more than 70 years and is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting trust between consumers and the business community. Accountability, education and recognition are key components to the BBB's mission of fostering trust in the marketplace. Today, the BBB has a membership of approximately 8,000 companies in Nebraska, South Dakota and southwest Iowa. Consumers are encouraged to report complaints and possible scams to the BBB. The BBB annually honors organizations and companies that demonstrate exceptional business ethics with the prestigious Integrity Award. As a matter of policy, the BBB does not endorse any product, service or company. For more information, please visit bbb.org and “Start With Trust.”-0------------------------------------------------------------------------
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